Choral and Handbell Music for February

by Jerry Rich, Director of Music

Jerry Rich, Director of Music
Jerry Rich, Director of Music

If you’d like to know how our Adult choirs plan to mark the transition from hope-filled Epiphany to reflective Lent, here are some of the musical offerings we will share with the Trinity community during the Sunday services this February.

EPIPHANY IV and V: The gospel-tinged Truly Free (February 1) was written in 2011 by David Lantz and is based on John 8:32; Lantz is a schoolteacher and music director at a Methodist Church in Stroudsburg, PA, and has 400 choral works in print. The Old Rugged Cross (February 8) is Vicki Wright’s 2005 arrangement of the classic hymn by Methodist minister George Bennard.

TRANSFIGURATION SUNDAY (February 15): I Am Bound for the Kingdom pairs a folksy tune from the 1844 hymnal The Sacred Harp with a revival text by Eliza Hewitt (“I am bound for the Kingdom; will you go in glory with me?”). In honor of Black History Month, our handbell choirs will present two spirituals arranged for bells by Kevin McChesney: the pensive Jacob’s Ladder and the upbeat I Know the Lord’s Laid His Hands on Me.

ASH WEDNESDAY (February 18): Thou Knowest, Lord, the Secrets of Our Hearts is a Baroque setting of the Funeral Sentences in the Anglican Book of Common Prayer; Henry Purcell’s chromaticism and subtle word-painting match the text’s “bitter pains of eternal death.”

LENT I (February 22): Holy was misattributed to Baroque composer Giulio Caccini, but it’s actually by 20th-century Russian guitarist Vladimir Vavilov; while singers like Andrea Bocelli prefer the solo version, our Chancel Choir sings Tom Fettke’s 2011 choral arrangement.

New ringers and singers are always welcome to join us. Contact me at for more information.


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Trinity United Methodist Church is located in McLean, VA. Our weekly worship services are on Sundays at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. and on Wednesdays at noon. Sunday School is at 9:30 a.m. for children and adults. Children up to 6th grade are also invited to Children's Education during the 10:30 service. Adult Bible Study also occurs on Mondays at 10 a.m. and Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. Please visit our website for more information.

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